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7 Automation Tools That Will Save You Time

7 Automation Tools That Will Save You Time

Are you so busy you feel overwhelmed? Are you forever in an endless loop of tasks that don’t go away?

Of course, you are busy. You are living in a Digital Age, where you have more choices available to you than ever before.

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A to-do list is like the laundry. You keep tending to it, but it just replenishes itself, and you have to deal with your chores all over again. What if there was a way for you not to deal with your to-do list, but to let modern technology take care of your pending tasks?

There is a way, and that avenue to freedom from stress is called “automation.”

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Someone once strangely remarked their preference is not to use automation but to do activities manually. We are living in the 21st century. Isn’t that thinking just a bit archaic? Other people try to save time by resorting to following strange productivity tips.

If you’d like to pass on strange and backward thinking, try these automation tools. They cover a wide variety of activities.

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  • Alexa will automate your home. She can tell you the predicted temperature, so you know how to dress. You don’t have to stop using your hands; just ask Alexa to play a song or set an alarm. Her capabilities are currently endless and Amazon updates her functionality consistently. Cost: Approximately $200.00 with parts.
  • Google Inbox saves you time from weeding through your emails by prioritizing them for you. This way, you spend your time looking through what you consider most important. The app shows you categorizes your incoming emails for you. Your choices are trips, purchases, finance, and social, and promotions. If you get the extension, you can also save links you find in your inbox for later. Note, since this is Google’s tool, only your Gmail can be sorted using it. Cost: Free.
  • GetResponse is the amazing automation tool for small and medium-size businesses. If you have an online business, this tool of the future takes care of all your tasks. Think of it as one-stop-shopping since it completes your many tasks for you easily and beautifully. The GetResponse Automation Tool helps you in many ways.  First, you can build your email list since GetResponse will store the emails you currently have. Also, the tool will help you grow your subscriber list. You can use one of GetResponse’s over 500 beautiful pre-made templates, or you can design your own. Last, GetResponse will send your emails and details about conferences such as webinars. It will even organize your webinars for you. Your business will be far more lucrative as a result of GetResponses’s ability to split test and segment your clients. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, GetResponse and the tool’s 24/7 support staff will quickly and effectively help you with your digital marketing needs. Cost: Free 30-day trial. Basic plans start at $15.00 per month.
  • IFTTT (If This, Then That) is based on a cause and effect principle. You connect the causes and the effects you want to happen. For example, if it is going to rain the next day, IFTTT will let you know, so you can dress appropriately and bring an umbrella. Cost: Free.
  • Social media schedulers exist so you can schedule your posts at your convenience. If your friends and relatives are in a different time zone, and you want your posts to appear on Facebook when they are awake and you are asleep, no problem. Schedulers like Buffer and Hootsuite will schedule your social media posts for you, and even pick optimal times when your connections are most likely to see them. Cost: Hootsuite is free; Buffer is free for up to 10 posts in your queue at a time.
  • Tweet Jukebox will then take your social media posts and recycle them, so you only have to type them once, and your message can be replayed, hence the name Tweet Jukebox. Cost: Tweet Jukebox is free.
  • Pinterest schedulers exist so you can reshare your Pinterest pins as often as you want. These scheduling tools are also set for optimal times, or you can manually select the times and the boards you want to pin to. Cost: The price varies depending on the scheduler. For example, Ahalogy and ViralWoot are free; Tailwind starts at $5.00.

Are You Ready to Pick Up More Time in Your Day?

You can turbo charge your life by automating your daily activities with these tools for automation. Why take extra time to do activities when these seven tools will save you time? What will you do with the time you gain?

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Last Updated on July 8, 2020

10 Smart Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

10 Smart Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

Productivity is the ability to perform tasks efficiently and in a timely manner. In today’s busy and competitive business world, productivity is paramount for any business, organization or corporation.

Productivity is more than just performing tasks successfully. It is about investing and allocating resources, so the company or business can perform to meet its core goals.

As part of 2019, it is important to commit to new goals. When shopping around for new productivity software keep in mind the following things: cost, reliability, cross-platform compatibility, on the go, technical support, etc.

In the subsequent sections, we will examine the most recommended productivity software in the marketplace. In addition, we will look at what makes them tick and what separates them from the rest of the pack.

Projects and Tasks Management

1. Monday dot com

    Monday dot com was founded to create a team management solution so people connect to workplace processes across any industry. The productivity tool is used in more than 140 countries.

    The user interface is intuitive and impressive. It makes collaboration productive and fun because of its simplicity.

    The tool is deemed to have one of the best user experiences across the mobile and online project and task management platform.

    The product includes usability, customization, admin control, group management and control, private or public control, in-group messaging and more.

    Check out the software here!

    2. Asana

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      The mantra behind Asana’s product is to enable teams from across different organizations to work together effortlessly.

      The software comes with lots of customizations. When you create a project as a user, you can choose between a traditional task view and the kanban-style board view. The dashboard allows you to see the progress on a project, and it includes an excellent advanced set of search tools.

      Also, Asana’s Android and iOS apps do retain the web interface’s clean look and feel.

      Check out the software here!

      3. Trello

        Trello was founded in the summer of 2010 and two years later the platform added 500,000 members. Anyone within sales, marketing, HR and operations can collaborate successfully with this product.

        Moreover, the tool has over 100 plus integrations with Google Drive, Slack, Jira and others. The product works flawlessly across various platforms.

        Some of the well-known features includes is speed, easy-to-use, and set up. The interface includes due dates, assignments, file storage, checklists and more.

        Check out the software here!

        4. Jira

          The Jira software is flexible and heralded as the next-generation project.

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          The software allows teams to design and adapt the software to an organization’s needs. This includes having visibility into long term goals, project roadmaps, status of work, real-time release information and more. In addition, the interface is customizable.

          The Atlassian Cloud does not support multiple separate domains, subdomains or domain aliases in Google Apps.

          Check out the software here!

          5. Evernote Business

            Evernote was founded in 2008 and reached 11 million users by 2011. The company was founded on the premise that their product should address the ever-increasing volume and speed of information.

            The product helps bring together groups of teams because of versatility and functionality. It creates documents, collaboration on projects, store information all a single location.

            Moreover, you can find information quickly and includes effective search capabilities and integrations with existing tools you may already use.

            Check out the software here!

            Communication

            6. Slack

              Slack was founded in 2013 and the tool is heralded as a collaboration hub. Slack is where productivity happens. When you start a new project, hire new staff, deploy a code, review a sales contract, finalize on a budget, Slack covers all of these. Some of the major highlights include highly customizable notifications and seamless integrations with other collaboration and office tools. The free version of the software comes loaded with features, but does not archive old message. So, you have to review what are the best options for your organization or business.

              Check out the software here!

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              7. Spike

                Newcomer Spike makes emails more conversational by helping teams maintain productivity, communication, and collaboration. All of these are achieved from within their inbox.

                Spike works on top of any existing email (O365, G suite, and IMAP) turning it into a real-time messenger and making your communication much more functional and efficient.

                Spike’s features include built-in groups and channels, voice and video calls, email encryption, instant access to all your files, and much more.

                Check out the software here!

                Creation

                8. Office 365

                  Microsoft’s Office 365 could not be excluded from the conversation and especially as it pertains to productivity software.

                  Of course we are all familiar with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. But there is more capabilities that come with it.

                  You have business-class email, online storage space, and teamwork solutions. These services can be accessed from just about anywhere.

                  Within this suite is Microsoft Sway, which is a presentation software and a step above PowerPoint.

                  Check out the software here!

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                  9. Grammarly

                    Grammarly helps to cut down time on editing. Professionals in several industries like law, healthcare, academia, marketing, engineering and journalism use it to provide instant feedback on the accuracy of writing in English.

                    Once you install the extension from Google Chrome, you can get corrections when you are drafting an email, using social media and other apps.

                    Grammarly is AI powered and it’s a wonderful tool to have to check spelling and grammar before a presentation.

                    Check out the software here!

                    Team Analytics

                    10. ActivTrak

                      ActivTrak is a business intelligence tool that allows you to access team behavior analytics. In other words, it is data-driven.

                      The pros include two-factor authentication with active directory integration. You can also automate your alerts and it has an intuitive interface with easy-to-use admin controls.

                      Furthermore, it comes with Google sign-in, iOS app, productivity track, and more. The bottomline is the product offers employee productivity metrics along with team behavior analytics.

                      Check out the software here!

                      The Bottom Line

                      Depending on the size, budget, resources, and immediate needs of your company, not all productivity software will exactly solve your problem. You will have to contact any of the providers above and probe extensively to find the right product that is made for your business.

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